MIDCM Coursework

Coursework for the MIDCM program totals 16 credits. Six credits (or two courses) can be double counted for your major and the minor. Students must receive a C or higher in each course in order for the course to count toward the MIDCM requirements. With the exception of the research methods and the Global Studies elective requirements, all classes must be completed after acceptance into the MIDCM program.

 

Program requirements include:

Gateway Course (3 credits): GVPT354. This introductory course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of international development and conflict management. All MIDCM students are expected to take this course during their first semester after being accepted into the program.

GVPT354 is offered each Fall semester and is a prerequisite for both GVPT355 and GVPT356.

Capstone Courses (6 credits): GVPT355 and GVPT356. These two courses (3 credits each) are designed to teach advanced theories and their applications in the fields of international development and conflict management and to build key professional skills necessary for success in both fields. They include site visits, guest lectures and career development opportunities. GVPT355 focuses on the conflict management aspect of the program, while GVPT356 focuses on the development aspect.

GVPT355 is offered each Spring semester; GVPT356 is offered each Fall and Spring semester. These courses may be taken in any sequence, or simultaneously, subject to having completed the prerequisite of GVPT354.

GVPT356 is also periodically offered as a Fearless Ideas course titled Innovation and Design for Entrepreneurship and Action (IDEAS) in Peace and Development. Learn more. GVPT356 can also count towards two General Education requirements: Scholarship in Practice, and Cultural Competency. 

Research Methodology Class (3 credits): Students are required to take a 3-credit, 200 or higher-level research methods class. This course can be drawn from any discipline and requires approval from the Program Director. Examples of courses that have been used to fulfill this requirement in the past include: BMGT230, EDMS451, STAT400, PSYC200, BIOM301, and SOCY201.

Elective Course (3 credits): Students are required to take one, 3-credit elective course. The elective course MUST be chosen from the Global Studies Minor Program Signature Course List. This list of courses addresses issues important to different Global Studies Minors. Please confer with Testudo for course availability.

Practicum (1 credit): All students in the program must complete an internship or other practical experience that involves substantive engagement with the fields of development or conflict management (guidelines here). To receive the one credit for their practicum experience, students must register for BSOS388E, an independent study course taught by the Program Coordinator. Students are required to seek prior approval (MS Word .doc format) for their practicum experience from the Program staff and must enroll in BSOS388E after the completion of their practicum experience. Send the Approval Request form to MIDCMinfo@umd.edu.